La­mar Jack­son and a les­son about race

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES -

Re­porter Daniel Oye­fusi’s ar­ti­cle de­scrib­ing how La­mar Jack­son’s race has been a non-is­sue in his rise to star­dom is a fine work that de­serves its place­ment on the front page (“‘It’s a big deal’: With young black quar­ter­backs on the rise, Ravens’ La­mar Jack­son hav­ing sea­son for the ages,” Jan. 8).

In our era of the ir­ra­tional use of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness to as­sault our core eth­i­cal val­ues, I would have as­sumed that The Bal­ti­more Sun would have stressed the neg­a­tive con­se­quences of Mr. Jack­son’s race, try­ing to find con­flict and ha­tred. This was a pos­i­tive ar­ti­cle demon­strat­ing how far our so­ci­ety re­ally has changed since the first black pro­fes­sional quar­ter­backs en­tered the NFL decades ago.

Mr. Jack­son is solely the leader of his team based on the merit of his pro­fes­sional skills and in­tel­lect. This war­rants fur­ther fol­low up on the pos­i­tive in­flu­ence La­mar has on other young black men in Bal­ti­more.

The chal­lenge will be what the in­flu­ence of all this me­dia at­ten­tion will have on this young role model. Will his per­sonal life and its in­evitable tri­als and tribu­la­tions bring him down or can he take it to the next level as a more ma­ture adult?

Time will tell. I count on you to fol­low up on this story and whether he re­al­izes his pro­fes­sional and per­sonal po­ten­tial in and away from pro­fes­sional foot­ball.

Mor­ris Ga­vant, Pikesville

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